The tiger skin, which has been carefully preserved, was brought home to Ireland as a souvenir of the British Raj 1:55

Chance items in auction salerooms can bring to life the most unexpected aspects of our history. Among the lots on view at Sheppard’s in Durrow, Co Lao(...)

A cremation service for convicted fraudster Julia Holmes, pictured here with Thomas Ruttle, has been held in county Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson

A cremation service for convicted fraudster Julia Holmes has taken place in Cork. The body of the 63-year-old was found in an upstairs bedroom alongsi(...)

Julia Holmes and Thomas Ruttle were found together at their home in Boolaglass, Askeaton, Co Limerick following an apparent suicide pact.   Photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

A cremation service for convicted fraudster Julia Holmes has taken place in Co Cork. The body of the 63-year-old was found in an upstairs bedroom alon(...)

Julia Holmes (63) and Thomas Ruttle (56), whose bodies were discovered in the upstairs bedroom of a farmhouse in Boolaglass, Askeaton, Co Limerick. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mourners at the funeral of a Co Limerick man who died in an apparent suicide pact have been told that “today is not a day for blame or anger”. The bod(...)

Outgoing Presbyterian moderator Michael Barry. He will be replaced by Rev Dr Ian McNie of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Ballymoney, Co Antrim. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The number of Presbyterians in Ireland has dropped by almost 40 per cent in the past 40 years – and the decline is steady and ongoing, according to l(...)

It’s not easy being a Yes Rossie in these post-referendum days, where but to think is to be full of sorrow and to be in a place where primrose and blu(...)

Scenes Dublin Castle on Saturday for the referendum count. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The historic Yes vote in Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum leaves the North as the last bastion of discrimination against gay people, accordin(...)

The woman with 40 names: Cecilia McKitterick faced financial ruin, public exposure and likely imprisonment.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Tom Ruttle is to be buried in his family’s plot in Boolaglass, the townland near Askeaton, in Co Limerick, where he was brought up. His body was disco(...)

The Prince of Wales meets Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Adam Gerrard/Daily Mirror/PA wire

Prince Charles maintained the theme of healing and reconciliation when he visited Belfast yesterday, engaging in a public handshake with Martin McGui(...)

Julia Holmes  and Thomas Ruttle on  December 10th at a Christmas fair in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gardaí have confirmed the body of a man found at a farmhouse in Co Limerick earlier this week is that of Thomas Ruttle. The badly decomposed body of t(...)